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East Algarve Magazine - AUGUST 2010

  1. 1. m a g a z i n e FREE OlhÃo · sÃo brÁs · tavira · Alcoutim · castro marim · vila real de santo antÓnio EastAlgarve August 2010 Finance © Cabanas Health Golf tips From Keith Ashdown Gardening Landscape gardening revived Healthy barbeque eating Make the most of your £ Sterling
  2. 2. Page 3www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 2 www.eastalgarvemag.com to your August issue. Anyone hot? The only place to be right now is in water, at any given opportunity. I think my children may start to grow fins. Don't get me wrong, I love it! It's been an interesting month, we met with young entrepreneurs, Karan and Maria Kumar, who showed us their various business ventures and had a lovely afternoon in the new-look Cabanas. It was well worth the boat journey across the Ria Formosa lagoon to Cabanas beach, a first for me and the family. In the evening the boardwalk was buzzing with people, eating, drinking and taking in the lovely view. We visited the GeoJardim Garden Centre, a little delight, with the new owner Diogo's enthusiasm and knowledge, it's sure to be a success. As usual we bring you golf tips, a scrumptious dish, health advice, sporting news and much, more. Have a lovely, safe summer. Welcome... Editor PUBLISHER & designer Richard Bassett eDITOR Katie Bassett editorial co-ordinators Richard Bassett Snr. advertising Call 961 700 200 or email info@eastalgarvemag.com consultant Arne Jakobsen the Great Dane printed by Litografis-Artes Graficas Lda, Ferreiras Distribution Advertisers will be issued copies for distribution, along with retail outlets. All rights reserved. Except for normal review purposes, no part of this magazine may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. Every care has been taken in the preparation of this magazine, but the contents are only meant as a guide to readers. The proprietors of this magazine are publishers not agents or sub agents of those who advertise therein. The publisher cannot be held liable for any loss suffered as a result of information gained from this publication m a g a z i n e EastAlgarve 4NOTICE BOARD Let us know your thoughts. 5WHAT’S ON Things to do this month. 6NEWS Get up to date on the latest East Algarve news! 8People Meet Karan and Maria. 10ARTS Churchill the Musical. 11ARTS Katrina Rose exhibits. 12HEALTH Healthy Barbeque food. 15health Swimmers Ear. 16places Geo Jardim garden centre. 18Cabanas A revived village. 20property EastAlgarve thrives. 24property Property of the month. 27HOME Furnishing with naturals. 28HOME Using the colour wheel. 32FOOD Restaurant O Monte. 36gardens Landscape planning. 39environment Fuel Tax. 42finance A one dollar story. 44finance Make the most of your £. 46sport Golf tips from Keith Ashdown. 48sport The latest from Chris Wright. 50BOOK lovers’ corner A science fiction novel. 51classifieds Grab a local bargain. 32 8 36 CONTENTS 18 16 Dish of the day + drink €6.50 Dish of the day + drink + dessert and coffee €8.50 Specialities include Fresh local seafood • Cataplanas • Special seafood rices • Fish noodles • Fresh grilled fish • Filet in Mirandesa style (considered the best meat in Portugal)• French veal steak • Duck breast in orange and honey PLUS MUCH MUCH MORE! Rua da Liberdade n.º 126 Fuseta • OlhÃo • Algarve Telephone 289 798 045 FUSETA 27
  3. 3. www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 4 Page 5info@eastalgarvemag.comwww.eastalgarvemag.com Email: info@eastalgarvemag.com Telephone 961 700 200 Postal Address: EN270, CXP797A, Fonte Bispo, Tavira Contact us This notice board is free for readers to use. Send us news, ideas or suggestions you’d like to share with our readers. Page 5 guesthouse, BAR & BISTRO QUINTA FONTE DO BISPOQUINTA FONTE DO BISPO Call 281 971 484, email info@qtfontebispo.com or see our website www.qtfontebispo.com or see our map on the back page Hairstyling in Your Own Home. Cut and Blow Dry from 15 euros. Colour, Cut and Blow Dry from 32 euros. Professional Stylist with over 15 years experience. Prompt, reliable service Telephone George 916 765 082 Hello, I am a bit of a foody, I have been cooking authentic Chinese Food for my friends and Familly for over 25 years, I have eaten chinese food in most of the UK Tiger Cities ( those with Chinatowns) ie London, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham, but tonight my wife and I have found a treasure, I have just eaten the best Chicken and cashew nut dish I have ever tasted in my life! Her indoors said the same about her Beef and Onions. We shared a spring roll starter, had two glasses of beer and two glasses of wine, two main courses to die for, coffee, and a bill of 23 euros. Life gets no better! Where were we, Sao Bras De Alportel, a new place almost next door to a famous Chicken Grill, quite near to O Parafuso Hardware shop on the Tavira road leaving S.Bras called JIN YUAN. Do yourselves a favour, find it! Bob Whalley Bioenergetic Massages for therapy, prevention, recovery or relaxation. Call Rowena on 926 710 067 Remember, you can now read the East Algarve magazine online. For back issues, business listings and readers comment, have a look at www.eastalgarvemag.com You can also become a fan on facebook and keep in touch with people in and around YOUR area, the East Algarve! Look up East Algarve Mag and join in, chat and meet! What’s on Your guide to what's on, in and around the East Algarve this month. Have fun! Things to do this August MARKETS Loulé: Every Saturday. Estoi: 2nd Sunday of the month. Moncarapacho 1st Sunday of the month. Quelfes: 4th and 5th Sun- days of the month. Tavira: 3rd Saturday of the month. Vila Nova de Cacela: 3rd Sunday of the month. Castro Marim: 2nd Saturday of the month. Sta Catarina: 4th Sunday of the month. 2010 bank holidays and festivals Here’s your handy cut out & keep guide to the 2010 bank holidays and festivals, with compliments of East Algarve magazine. Carnival/Shrove Tuesday......... 16 Feb Maundy Thursday........................1 Apr Good Friday, ................................2 Apr Easter Sunday..............................4 Apr Liberation Day (Sunday)............25 Apr Labour Day, (Saturday).............. 1 May Corpus Christi, (Thursday)......... 3 Jun National Day in Portugal, (Thursday)................................. 10 Jun Assumption Day, (Sunday).......15 Aug Republic Day, (Tuesday)..............5 Oct All Saints’ Day, (Monday)...........1 Nov Independence Restoration Day, (Wednesday)................................1 Dec Immaculate Conception, (Wednesday)................................8 Dec Christmas Eve...........................24 Dec Christmas Day, (Saturday).......25 Dec music ALCOUTIM - Music in the square, 11/8, 18/08, 25/8, Praca da Repub- lica, T 281 540 500. MONTE GORDO - V.R STO. AN- TONIO Theatre Company, 12/08, 13/08, 20/08, 25/08, 22h30, Monte Gordo Casino. TAVIRA - Music in the Churches, 14/08, 21/08, 28/08, 19h00, Cha- pel of Santa Ana and Misericordia Church. MONTE GORDO - Michael Jack- son Dance Tribute, 11/08, 15/08, 26/08, 22h30, Monte Gordo Casino. MONTE GORDO - The 4 Ele- ments of the Zodiac, 18/08, 19/08, 21/08, 22/08, 22h30, Monte Gordo Casino. Exhibitions Olhão - Photography, Ria For- mosa by Helio Ramos, Until 31/08, Real Marina Hotal and Spa. São Brás de Alportel - Flu- rovision Display of Work by Isk- ender Hoffman, Norman Jainrath, Pez e Joi, Until 31/08, 18h00- 00h00, Gallery Flurovision. São Brás de Alportel - Mo- ments Exhibtion of Paintings by Octavio Lourenco, Until 31/08, Alportel Museum. São Brás de Alportel - Painting Exhibiton, Nostalgia For My Homeland by Maria Madalena Gaspar, Until 31/08, 17h00, Munici- pal Gallery. Sport ALCOUTIM - Sailing Ascent and Descent of the Guadiana, 28/08- 29/08, Guadiana River. TAVIRA - 19th Mar Azul Race, 29/08, Tavira Island. Festivals Olhão - Shellfish Festival - 10/08 - 15/08, 19h30 - 01h30, 8 euros, Olhao. MANTA ROTA - Seven Suns Seven Moons, Until 19/08, 22h00, Manta Rota. TAVIRA - 33rd Luz De Tavira International Folk Music Festi- val, 27/08-28/08, 21h30, Largo da Praca da Republica. Fairs TAVIRA - 7th Fair of Bric a Brac and Antiques, 21/08 - 29/08, 19h00-01h00, Rua Do Cais. Why not? TAVIRA - Entertainment, Until 31/08, 22h00, Praca Da Republica. LOULÉ - Whit Night, 28/08, City Centre. CASTRO MARIM - Medieval Days of Castro marim, 26/08-29/08, Castle. Don't miss the spectacular Olhão Shellfish festival, 10th-15th August www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 5 CARVERY Lamb, Beef & Turkey, plus all THE trimmings Sundays from 1.00pm Booking advised Only 10€ 3 course option available for only 14€ STEAK night Fridays, from 6.30pm *RUMP €8.50 *Rib EYE €10.00 *SIRLOIN €13.00 *16oz t-bone €19.50 (48 hours notice for T-Bone) All steaks come with home made chips, onion rings, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, peas, and a choice of sauces. Drawing as a Basis for Painting! An Introduction to coloured pencil.Saturday Workshop 10.00 to 17.30 call 926 710 067 only 25 Euros Palmist I will read not onlyall that is in yourpalm, but show youhow one can benefitfrom this knowledge.tel 289 845 561 or 916 389 810
  4. 4. News Page 6 Page 7www.eastalgarvemag.com www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 7 AFFORDABLE LIVING ON THE EASTERN ALGARVE Situated 11km from Tavira and 11km from Vila Real de Santo António and the Spanish border. Most plots have sea views as the coast is only 5km from the park. The park has a swimming pool, Bar and Restaurant, Free Internet access, Daytime Reception and 24 Hour Security. Tel: (00351) 281 951 360 Tlm: (00351) 917 925 031 www.calico-park.com calicoparksales@mail.telepac.pt Visits by Appointment only Caliço ParkA L GA R V E P O R T UGA L Alcoutim Lagos A L G A R V E Vila do Bispo Aljezur Lagoa Silves Monchique Portimao Albufeira Loule FARO Olhão Sao Bras de Alportel Tavira Vila Real de Santo Antonio Castro Marim 120 120 120 268 268 267 267 267 266 266 268 120 125 125 IC4 A2 A2 IP1 IP1 IP1 IP1 IP1 IP1 IC4 125 125 125 N270N270 395 395 2 2 2 125 122 122 122 124 124 124 124124 124 124 124-1 125-9 124-1124 Barão de S.João Carrapateira Bordeira Mexilhoeira Grande Barão de S.Miguel Raposeira Figueira Budens Luz Bensafrim Marmelete Barranca da Vaca Rogil Fóla Caldas de Monchique Odiáxere Estombar Porches Pêra Guia Alte Estoi Pereiro Santa Catarina Luz de Tavira Santo Estêvão Conceição Odeleite Pererio Giões Martinlongo Barranco do Velho Portella de Corcha Cachopo Vaqueiros Querença Salir Benafim Moncarapacho Santa Bárbara de Nexe Ferreira S.Bartolomeu de messines Alcantarilha Algoz Tunes Paderne Boliqueime Fonte do Bispo Caliço ParkA L GA R V E P O R T UGA L Manta Rota VISIT OUR Showhome 2 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS, FULLY FURNISHED PLOTS AVAILABLE • Re-sales WEEKLY Rentals, short and long term Unique Timber Home For SaleMosquitos invade the East Algarve Mosquitos have reportedly invaded the East Algarve. Plagues have been swarming in areas such as Monte Gordo and Vila Real de Santo Antonio in the last few weeks. Tourists were left with no option but to leave the Monte Gordo campsite because of the infestation. The particular species of mosquitos, however, do not spread disease. "The species develops in brackish water, such as that found in estuaries and marshes, and does not present a health risk. However, they have been described as a real nuisance”, according to the Vila Real Public Service department. The water authorites are attempting to solve the problem and prevent future plagues, but this would involve the creation of a drainage system and use of biological larvacide in specific areas before the mosquitos hatch. A spokesman for Vila Real de Santo António Câmara said: “The City Council is reinforcing pest control in all public spaces, especially in green areas. After this incident, the use of biological larvicide will be used more frequently to prevent the breeding of the mosquito larvae.” Open 7 days a week Located between Olhão and Pechao on the EN 2-6 Call now to place your order: Tel 937 809 074 - 937 809 065 - 289 703 020 Set lunch menu, 11.00-15.30 Authentic Indian food at its best! Enjoy your food inside, or out on the terrace. Good parking facilities. Quality food • Excellent service • Good prices taviraauctionAladdin´s Cave New & Used discount store Looking for a reasonably-priced sofa or washing machine? Want to get rid of your bed to make room for a new one? Convert all your unwanted goods into cash! Remember, we want to buy your used furniture and household items, either one piece, or an entire household. Just give us a call! FARO N125 Mte Gordo Gran Plaza Tavira Auction Petrol Station TAVIRA Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm Tel 00351 916 138 059 00351 916 138 060 Email debbie@taviraauction.com www.taviraauction.com At Aladdin's cave, we buy, sell, and trade furniture and household items every day so our inventry is always fresh.You never know what you'll find when you visit our store. We deal in most everything you find in a house and home: white goods, furniture for all rooms, furnishings, linens, pictures, light fittings, lamps and decorative items. Since we are buying every day, our selection is always changing, so it pays to shop often. if you can't make it to our store, call us any time to find out if we have what you're looking for. Keep in mind that these are one of a kind items, and when they're gone, they're gone, but there is always something new arriving soon, so keep checking with us. Timing is everything! Algarve stadium could go “private” The running of the Algarve Stadium – recently dubbed a “white elephant” – could soon be handed over to a private company. The plan comes as a way of easing the burden of high maintenance costs, currently paid for by Loulé and Faro Town Halls. Originally built for football matches during the “Euro 2004” championship, the stadium has rarely been used since – only now and then to stage concerts, fairs and annual sports events, like the “Taça da Liga” (Football League Cup), or “Rali Portugal”. Nevertheless, maintenance costs – paying grounds staff, and paying off bank loans – are claimed to be as much as three million euros per year (1.5 million for each town hall). It’s an “unsustainable situation”, says Loulé’s mayor Seruca Emídio – thus a public tender is due to go out within the next six months to find a private group or company to take over the concession for running the place. According to Faro mayor Macário Correia, there are already three groups interested in taking over; one Portuguese, one Brazilian and one Spanish. All three are amenable to paying the local councils an annual fee and promoting their own events – on the basis that events of regional or national interest must have preference. “No” to A22 tolls say Algarve’s Mayors Manuel da Luz, the president of Portimão Town Council, has threatened to join forces with other mayors of the Algarve and take the Government to the Supreme Court should they agree to bring in tolls on the A22 Via do Infante, which would greatly affect our community. The Mayor told Lusa news agency that the introduction of motorway tolls “would have a tremendous impact” on the Algarve. Not only because the Via do Infante represents the only alternative to the “deadly” and extremely basic EN 125, but also because of the negative impact tolls would have for tourism in general, as well as the economic fabric of the Algarve”, da Luz explained – claiming that hundreds of small to medium-sized regional businesses that use the A22 on a daily basis for the distribution of their goods and services would be adversely affected. The Portimão mayor added that he had already appealed to his counterparts in other Algarve boroughs to support court action, particularly as “the whole region is smarting due to the loss of 10.000 tourist stays over the last decade”.
  5. 5. Page 8 Page 9www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 8 www.eastalgarvemag.com This dynamic team are a force to be reckoned with. Only here for a short time, but already running four successful, diverse businesses. People People W e recently met with an intriguing couple, totally different personalities, he's Indian and she's Portuguese; a dynamic team. In their short time here in the Algarve, they have successfully managed to open four completely different, thriving businesses. Karan by profession, is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer. His wife, Eulalia Maria Kumar, is a wonderful, people loving person. They met in Tunbridge Wells in 2005, where she worked as a front of house manager for a charming hotel. Maria has spent her whole life in the hospitality trade and fell in love with Karan instantly. They later married in India, stopping off to see Maria's family on the way home. It was Karan's first time in Portugal, and initially was not over impressed. They both worked in the UK for many years, for various companies. In November 2009 Maria decided to visit her family in Portugal to tell them exciting news of her pregnancy, sadly though, Maria lost their baby. Karan couldn't get off from work but planned to join her later. The last winter in Scotland, where he was working, was horrendous, so as soon as the opportunity came, Karan flew to Portugal to see Maria and escape the bad weather. As soon as he stepped off the plane into the sunshine, Karan knew he was here for good. For him it was heaven. He decided that quality of life was important to him, and after speaking with Maria, they both agreed to make Portugal their home. The timing seemed perfect, and they immediately found a business in Olhão for sale, a small cafe bar, in a perfect location opposite the Ria Formosa Natural park. They decided to go for it, although they had never even heard of Olhão before. They fell in love with the place instantly. After running the cafe for a while, they heard of another business opportunity, A huge shop in the centre of town, an investment opportunity, too good to let go. So, they opened the shop, selling clothes, bridal wear and fashion accessories. As if two shops weren't enough, Karan was missing his computer work, so when another shop became available nearby, he couldn't help himself but to open an internet shop, also repairing pc's, and mobile phones. Karan, who is originally from India, was craving the cuisine he was brought up on and, always open to a challenge, he thought why not open my own Indian restaurant? By coincidence, they were living next door to a Portuguese restaurant in Pechao. He spoke to the owner and reached an agreement to rent the premises, and the Taj Mahal was born. Maria told me they couldn't have done it without the help of her brother Antonio, a great friend, who has sadly passed away. Maria takes great strength from his memory, although she misses him deeply. The couple are firmly settled here in the Algarve; by day Maria runs the Cat and Kayak Cafe, by night she helps out at the restaurant. Karan spends the day at the computer shop and recently bought Maria a gorgeous Siberian Husky puppy named Maya. The couple feel like they are on a never ending honeymoon, but are extremely hard working and dedicated to their businesses. Take time to meet this charming couple at the Cafe or Computer Shop. Better still, visit them for a curry; the food at the restaurant is outstanding. You can sit inside or in the gardens; the staff are very attentive and the curry is the best I've tasted in a long while. To contact the restaurant, cafe, or internet shop, please see the advert for the Taj Mahal restaurant on page 7 for details. Eastern promise
  6. 6. Page 11Page 10 Arts Arts www.eastalgarvemag.com www.eastalgarvemag.com East Algarve residents take part in a West End and Broadway standard musical. K atrina has been invited to showcase her work in many Algarve locations but this is the first occasion it has been seen in the eastern Algarve. The delightful collection - produced by an artist who began painting while she lived in England – is well worth viewing. A resident in Almancil since 2005, Katrina’s exhibition demonstrates developments in her style and subject matter. Pictures range from sky, sea, land and townscapes to a series of recently produced still-life studies. Notably an artist who has embraced every diverse aspect of the colour blue, there are paintings of the Cornish coast, Scottish Highlands, northern Spain and Venice’s seawater lagoon. Moving on from there to Portugal’s whitewashed villages in the Alentejo, she has produced beautifully executed street scenes tinged with soft blue skies above. Dubbed as ‘the lady who paints the blues’ – as opposed to Billie Holliday, the lady who sang them – Katrina has moved on from her obsession, embracing a much wider colour palette. Choosing to represent local fruit and vegetables, as seen in Algarve markets, there are red pomegranates, shiny citrus, gleaming peppers and smooth, skinned, light-brown onions. Working mostly with acrylic paints she has recently been challenging her application skills, diversifying into pen and ink, charcoal, pastels and aquarelle. Growing confident with working in new mediums, it will be interesting to see where her artistry goes next? The Art Bar in Olhão is attractively refurbished. It is just East of the Municipal Market on the opposite side of the road. Open 7 days per week from 3pm until late. The exhibition ends on September 13th. Contact details: Website www.katrinarose.co.uk Email: katrinamrose@aol.com Words Carolyn Kain Photograph Peter Kain Katrina Rose Breaking free from blue A collection of paintings by artist Katrina Rose is being displayed at the Art Bar on the seafront in Olhão. D escribed as the biggest show the Algarve has seen for the last ten years, 'CHURCHILL - The Musical' will have its World Premiere on Friday 1st of October 2010 at the Lagoa Auditorium. With the stage play written by Derek Charles Ash and Trevor Holman, and sixteen new songs - lyrics by Derek and music from Trevor who has lived and worked in Moncarapacho in the Eastern Algarve for the last 8 years, the show portrays both the public and private life of Sir Winston Churchill, from his loving marriage to Clemmie through to his retirement from all forms of public life, giving an insight into the world of the man voted: ‘The Greatest Briton to have ever lived’. An emotional rollercoaster of a show with an onstage cast of 50 actors, singers and dancers, a backstage crew of 25, West End standard sets and scenery, over 150 costumes and wigs brought from the UK and with one of UK theatres top lighting designers, this is without doubt the 'West End comes to the Algarve' The show stars Jonathan Reynolds who is currently playing the lead in '42nd Street' in the UK, and Sarah Pryde, also currently on stage in the UK playing the female lead in 'Les Miserables'. The show is being directed by Ray Jeffery whose track record in the world of musical theatre is second to none. Winner of the prestigious 'Waterford Trophy' a record 26 times, Ray has directed over 1,700 stage musical productions including the 'off London' World Premieres of 'La Cage aux Folles', 'Billy Elliot', 'Fiddler on the Roof' and the world famous 'Les Miserables'. TouseRay'sownwordsuponreading the stage play of ‘CHURCHILL - The Musical’ for the first time and hearing the music: 'Wow! What a piece! Amazing!' Sir Cliff Richard, a fan of the show having read the stageplay and heard the music said: 'My very best wishes to everyone involved in the premiere performance of 'Churchill - The Musical'. It's a brave and imaginative project and I hope there's an exciting and successful future in store.' The Red Carpet World Premiere on Friday 1st of October at the Lagoa Auditorium will be followed by a week long run of evenings and matinees between the 2nd and the 8th of October Tickets for this ground breaking show for the Algarve are selling fast with the opening night almost sold out before the tickets were even printed, so we recommend you order yours as soon as possible by either logging onto the show’s website at: www.churchillthemusical.com or by telephoning 282 342 936. Churchill - The Musical From left to right: Victoria Morris, David Sutton-Thompson, Trevor Holman, Damian King, Sylvy Wilks, Ralph Keenan
  7. 7. www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 12 Page 13 Health Summer time is BBQ time, but that doesn't mean unhealthy eating! Here are some solutions for a healthy summer diet www.eastalgarvemag.com Osteopathy For muscular and articular problems, treated by harmonising and resetting the body’s structure. CranioSacral therapy Massage service •All massages are performed by health professionals using biologic essential oils for aromatherapy •Swedish massage,Quiromassage, Reflexology, •Lymphatic drainage, Traditional Thai massage, •Local massage for legs and feet or neck back and shoulders. Catherina Pauwels, Ilse Brenner Tel: 919 660 211 or 963 706 624 IN THE CENTRE OF TAVIRA Mail: catherinapauwels@clix.pt Chiropractic is the world’s leading form of alternative therapy for neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions. CHIROPRACTIC HELPS WITH: · Low back pain · Neck pain · Herniated discs · Nerve pain · Headaches and migraines · Poor posture · Frozen Shoulder · Elbow and wrist pain · Sciatica · Knee pain · Foot/Ankle pain · Scoliosis · Osteoarthritis · Sports injuries · Auto accidents · Whiplash Algarve Chiropractic Centre Mob: 922 113 384 - Tel: 289 997 004 Clinic located in Estói, with ample, convenient parking facilities. Dr. Ken Hamilton Doctor of Chiropractic (USA) V egetables are an excellent low calorie, low fat choice for healthy barbecue foods for summer. They can either be placed directly on the grill, wrapped in foil, or made into kebabs. Before grilling, the vegetables can be marinated in olive oil with lemon juice, garlic or other herbs and spices for about 15 minutes. To make grilled vegetable kebabs, cut the vegetables into approximately 1 inch cubes, and thread them onto a wooden or metal skewer. Some vegetables, such as tomatoes, cook much faster than others, so for best results when making kebabs, combine vegetables that have similar cooking times. It is best to avoid cooking meat and vegetables together on the same skewer, because the vegetables cook faster, and the center of the meat may turn out undercooked. Some fruits and vegetables that work well for grilling include: Corn on the cob, red and green bell peppers, Zucchini or other types of summer squash, sweet red onions, mushrooms, eggplant, pineapple, cherry tomatoes When cooking vegetables directly on the grill, cut them into large pieces, so they don't fall through. Turn them to prevent burning and brush with marinade as they cook. Corn on the cob can be placed directly on the grill or wrapped in foil. To speed up cooking time, steam the corn briefly first, then place it on the grill to brown it. Ways to Grill Potatoes Potatoes are another great choice for the grill, and they can be prepared in a number of different ways. Potatoes in their jackets can be wrapped in foil and placed on the grill, or if the heat isn't too intense, directly on the coals. To avoid having the potatoes turn out too dry, place about a tablespoon of olive oil along with some salt, pepper, herbs, or spices on the foil before wrapping the potato. Whole potatoes will cook in about 45-60 minutes. To grill potatoes more quickly, cut them lengthwise into six or eight wedges, or crosswise into thick slices. These pieces can be cooked directly on the grill or in a grill basket. They should be turned while cooking to prevent them from burning. Thinner slices of potato can be cooked in foil packets. Place the potato slices on a piece of foil, drizzle with oil and add onions, garlic, peppers, or other desired seasonings, and wrap securely. Sliced potatoes wrapped in foil packets cook in about 25 minutes. Use caution when opening the foil packets after grilling, because they may contain scalding hot steam. Fish and Seafood Salmon is an excellent healthy choice for a summer barbecue. It can be grilled either whole or cut into filets. If grilling a whole, fresh salmon, it should be cleaned, gutted, and scaled. Cut slits every two inches and season with onions, lemon, salt and pepper, or herbs. Wrap the salmon in foil and leave an opening for the steam to escape. Cook a 5-7 pound salmon for 20-30 minutes, or longer for a larger fish; it will be flaky when Broadband Algarve Internet via Satellite Access the Internet even where phone lines cannot reach Packages to suit everyone Special discounts for afpop members (00351) 918 771 381 (Vic) (00351) 918 851 232 (Stephanie) www.broadbandalgarve.co.uk enquiries@broadbandalgarve.co.uk Healthy foods for barbecues
  8. 8. Page 14 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 15www.eastalgarvemag.com Health Health S wimmer’s ear or otitis externa is an infection or inflammation of the external ear and ear canal. Swimmer’s ear is usually caused due to excess exposure to water. When the ear drenches wet in water, moisture penetrates the water- resistant layer and the skin becomes soft and wrinkled when they remain in water for a long period of time. Bacteria and funghi are able to exist on the surface of such water exposed skin without any harmful effects. But if there is a break in the skin's normal barrier, these bacteria from contaminated water or objects placed in the ear can easily slip inside the skin, causing swimmer’s ear. Some of the various signs and symptoms that could mean the pain in the ear is Swimmer’s ear can include itchy or painful ear, sensitivity to ear movement, decreased hearing, yellowish or milky discharge coming out of ear, swelling in the ear or lymph nodes on the neck and sensation of fullness in the ear. Mild swimmer’s ear can be treated with a few drops of white vinegar placed in both ears. Put a few drops of vinegar in one ear and leave it in the ear canal for about five minutes before turning the ear down in order to drain the solution. It is advisable to repeat this twice a day for three days. It is most effective against any fungal or bacterial infection as the acetic acid inhibits the growth of bacteria. But if the symptoms continue a Doctor’s visit is recommended. To avoid the relapse of Swimmers ear we recommend applying some oil before getting in the pool to avoid water flushing out protective oils in the ear. After a swim turn the head and gently pull the ear in different directions to drain any water left inside and then gently wipe the outer ear with a soft towel. Avoid swimming in dirty or polluted waters and even if you unwillingly do so, be safe and wear earplugs when you swim and avoid poking your ear with fingers or sharp objects. We hope these tips will keep your ears in super shape all summer! For more information and contact details see advert below. Swimmer's Ear You swam, you splashed, and now you have Swimmers Ear! done. Salmon filets can be cooked directly on the grill. Oil the grill first to prevent sticking, and turn the filets once while cooking. Shrimp is delicious barbecued, and can be grilled on a skewer. Marinate the shrimp before grilling for about 10 minutes, and baste with marinade while on the grill. Incorporating these tasty and healthy barbecue foods into your menus helps avoid the usual fat-laden cheeseburgers and other unhealthy foods. Lighten up the family cookouts and try some of these tips at the next barbeque. Shrimp, rich in protein, selenium and vitamin B12 must be properly selected and stored to maintain their freshness. Here are tips on how to cook raw shrimp the healthy way. Health Benefits Before we look at how to cook raw shrimp, let’s look at their health benefits. Shrimp is an excellent source of selenium. You would be surprised that it’s an excellent source of protein, which is low in fat and calories. A mere four ounces of shrimp provides you with 23.7 grams of protein, which is close to half the RDA for protein with 112 calories and a fat content of hardly a gram. Let it be known that shrimp is also rich in vitamin D and vitamin B12. Selecting and Storing. To ensure cooking shrimp that are fresh and uncontaminated, follow these selection and storage tips. Which to choose? Fresh or frozen shrimp? If you would like to keep your shrimp for a long while, then you could go for the frozen variety. Frozen shrimp can last up to a month with proper storage. Fresh shrimp, on the other hand, start losing their freshness after a few days. How do you determine whether shrimp are fresh or not? You want to choose shrimp that have firm bodies with their shells intact. Avoid shrimp that have black spots on the shell. This is a sign that the shrimp is losing its freshness. Also stay away from shrimp with yellowing shells, which is usually an indication of chemical being used to bleach the shell. Another good way of determining the freshness of shrimp is by smell. Shrimp with a saltwater smell are fresh. Avoid buying shrimp that smell unpleasant. Avoid buying shrimp that are prepackaged, as you would not be able to get a good indication of its freshness through smell. To store, refrigerate the shrimp soon after buying. If that’s not possible, and it would take you hours before you could refrigerate them, ask for a bag of ice for temporary storage. Otherwise, place them in a cooler if you have one in your car. One way of extending the freshness of shrimp is by freezing them. To do this, wrap the shrimp nicely and place them in the coldest part of the refrigerator (not too close to the door). To defrost shrimp, place them in a bowl of cold water or defrost them in the refrigerator itself. Avoid defrosting at room temperature or by placing them in a microwave oven. Doing so could lead to a loss of nutrients through the loss of moisture. Proper defrosting allows for evenness in cooking and keeps out bacterial contamination. It would also kill any bacteria when the shrimp is cooked. Cooking Shrimp could be cooked with the head and shell intact. They can be removed after cooking. Cooking with the shell on allows you to enjoy the full flavor of shrimp via the shell, which traps taste-giving moisture. Healthy ways of cooking shrimp include baking, boiling and grilling. There’s no short supply of shrimp cooking recipes on the Internet. Small and medium-sized shrimp take about 3 to 4 minutes to boil. A large shrimp would take from 5 to 8 minutes and a jumbo shrimp would take above seven minutes. Large shrimp are suitable for grilling and baking. Marinating them first for a few hours would be a good idea. An oven temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit would be suitable for baking, but would take a few minutes longer than grilling. If you must lightly fry shrimp, use olive oil. Now that you know how to cook raw shrimp, why not try some tonight? Gareth Bullock
  9. 9. Page 16 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 17www.eastalgarvemag.com A very special place, GeoJardim is a must for garden lovers. More than a garden centre Places LANDSCAPING & GARDEN CENTER B E m - V ind o • W elc o m e EN 125, c.p. 126-E 8800-118 Luz de Tavira e-mail: geogardim@gmail.com www.geojardim.com Tlm: +351 918 841 766 Tel: 281 961 189 To Olhão To Tavira Fuseta Luz de Tavira EN125 QUINTA DAS PALMEIRAS C E N T R O D E J A R D I N A G E M T he newly transformed Quinta Palmeiras garden centre is over 25 years old, and is rumoured to be the first in the Algarve. The previous owners decided to move on, and Diogo's heart ruled his head when it came to deciding whether he should pursue it or not. The opportunity to take over the garden centre was a dream come true for him, the place always gave him a special feeling. Diogo Mota, who is from the north of Portugal, came to the East Al- garve six years ago to study golf course maintenance. He previously worked for over eight years for a va- riety of gardening companies in the West of the Algarve. He started the GeoJardim Compa- ny in 2008, which mainly provided specialist work, irrigation, construc- tion, and garden maintenance, so it seemed a natural progression for Diogo to take over the garden cen- tre as the businesses went hand in hand. His interest in plants began during a work spell in Holland. Dio- gos decision to move to the Algarve was to be nearer to family, and the large amount of rain fall in the North. Much to his surprise, the garden centre has proven to be an over- whelming experience. He thrives on the daily contact with the variety of customers, sharing his knowl- edge and years of experience. He also kept the original staff from the centre. The lady photographed with Diogo is D. Aurora, who planted the now huge palms twenty five years ago. He tries to have a large variety of plants, such as Palms and Cycas, a large variety of ornamental plants and trees, cacti and aquatics. The centre boasts a large variety of trees that are, in the case of the Olive trees, a thousand years old. The fruit trees are fifteen to twenty years old, therefore you don't have to wait for them to mature and pro- duce good fruit, it can be sampled straight away. You will also find a large selection of aromatic herbs, and wild strawberry plants. As well as all the plants and trees, you will find everything you need for healthy growing plants, pots, bark and fer- tiliser. The centre is also a represn- tative of Umbrosa, who create inno- vative shade creations, the red sail in the main photo for example. Diogos main goal for the future is to get more involved with commu- nity projects such as schools for example. He also wants to organise workshops and create a leisure area at the centre for families to come. Diogo wants people to come and enjoy the ambiance of the place, re- lax, take a stroll, read a magazine, ask him technical questions and to be more than just a place that sells plants. Quinta Palmeiras is a unique place in the East Algarve, a true landmark and well worth a visit.
  10. 10. Page www.eastalgarvemag.com Pagewww.eastalgarvemag.com Cabanas revivedPhotographs by Richard Bassett C abanas, a former fishing village, is approximately five kilometres east of Tavira. The village derived its name from the huts (cabanas) that were erected during the early 18th century by the tuna fishermen to store their fishing gear in. They then eventually built houses for themselves as well and the fishing village of Cabanas de Tavira was born. It also forms part of the lagoons of the Ria Formosa nature reserve. Cabanas undertook a major facelift this year. The new boardwalk now offers great views across the lagoon and backed by numerous bars and restaurants, Cabanas is becoming a stylish place to be. Cabanas is also blessed with a glorious beach. Reaching the beach can be an adventure - you need to take to the water. Small 9 or 10 person ferries go backwards and forwards to the island. It is only one Euro return, under 10's go free. They run frequently and you don't need sea legs. It takes a couple of minutes and you won't get wet. It is actually possible to swim across if you're feeling brave. Once on the island you follow the boardwalk out past a well-positioned beach café with great views back to the mainland or out to sea. The beach disappears off into the distance so no problems finding a quiet spot. If you enjoy a good walk, turn left and you will eventually be rewarded by the sight of the village of Fabrica, far away across the lagoon. High on the hill, the church and fortress of Cacela Velha can be seen. As in Tavira, the low tide sees the locals wading in the lagoon, collecting shell life for their family dinner or to sell. Fishing still plays a major role in the economy of Cabanas but for the last 30 years tourism has also played an ever increasing role. What was, until a few years ago, a small, sleepy village with a handful of cafés, is now a very popular tourist resort. As with any popular area, new apartments and houses are springing up around Cabanas, but certainly, as of yet, it hasn't detracted from the character of the town. The Avenida Ria Formosa runs the length of the lagoon and with the waterfront work completed this year, there are parking bays along the front and most of it is one way which has eased the traffic problem considerably. With freshly cobbled roads and pavements there is safely room for the numerous cafes and restaurants to have tables outside and it is very sereen. A boarded walkway runs the entire length of the Avenida (starting at the fishing port at the western end) and has seats and sunshades at intervals - great for taking in the view and listening to nothing but the water lapping around the boats. At the eastern end there is a shady area, frequented by campervans and just beyond, green fields and trees and a 17th century fort. The fort, São João da Barra, was originally built in 1656 by Conde Val de Reis. It has since been restored and is now privately owned. To the west of Cabanas lies the 'Octopus Capital' of the Algarve - Santa Luzia! In latter years the fishermen of the village turned their talents wholeheartedly to catching octopus and to this day lower clay pots to the sea bed in the shallower waters to lure the octopus in. Octopus is considered quite a delicacy although it can be an acquired taste! Cabanas is a delightfully 'chilling' place where any sense of 'urgency' simply disappears! The view across the calm, crystal clear waters of the lagoon to the beach, with brightly coloured fishing boats along the waters edge, really is picturesque.
  11. 11. Page 20 Page 21 E ven though the East Algarve has seen many new developments being built over the past 5 years, it remains largely unspoilt. August is always the busiest time of the year, just look at the traffic. Also some beaches get crowded but there are also many stretches still little frequented, you just need to work a bit harder to find them. In the Eastern Algarve, Tavira is still generating a lot of interest for many good reasons. The past ten years saw the opening of the 4 star Vila Galé hotel in Tavira, the Albacora hotel owned by the same group and more recently the opening of the Convento da Graça in the center of Tavira, a lovingly converted convent. On the Quinta da Ria golf course the Robinson Club opened a 5 star hotel resort. In Germany, Robinson is one of the market leaders of quality tourism. Various new golf courses have opened of which the Monte Rei Golf & Country Club is without doubt the most exclusive and cosmopolitan development of its kind in the Eastern Algarve. Last year saw the opening of a REAL ESTATE L I V E , I N V E S T A N D E S C A P E GOLF PROPERTIES VILLAS A PA RTMEN TS T O WNH OU SE S P L O T S LHV - 927 Covering the whole of the Algarve as independant real estate agents, we can provide you with unbiased advice when you decide to purchase a property and can introduce you to a wide choice of reputable mortgage banks, architects, lawyers, builders, charteredsurveyors andinterior designers. We have been in business forover 12 years, finding the right property for countless satisfied clients. We currently haveover 700 properties available online and would bevery pleased to help you find your idealhome. If you are the owner of a good quality property and wish to sell, please contact us to arrange an appointment C o n t a c t us t o d a y : 2 81 32 0 28 1 www.lan dan d h ousesalga r ve.com T A V I R A R ua J osé P i r es P a d i n ha 1 78 8 80 0 - 3 5 4 T a v i r a V I L A MOU RA N1 2 5 , B en f ar r as, B ol i que i me 81 0 0 - 0 6 8 B o l i que i m e PROPERTY MANAGEMENT H A P P Y H O M E S A L G A RV E ALGARVEAN COTTAGES VILLAS A PA RTMEN TS TOWNHOUSES QUINTAS Happy Homes has since 2003 provided outstanding property management services and value to non-resident property owners. covering every requirement, Including Inspection, main- tenance, administration,letting and marketing services, we have developed relationships we are proud of with reputable accountants, architects, local councils, builders and housing professionals. Let happy Homes ensure that you have the best possible support to maximize and protect your investment for a brighter future! 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If you are interested in rental income from your property, these properties could offer a yield north of 5% per annum, which looks favourable in comparison with 5 year government bond yields (U.K., Germany, Holland, France) varying between 1,6% to 2,1%. If you believe property prices to increase 10% in 5 years time, your total return could be north of 7% per annum over the period. If you would like to receive more information about these properties or would like to make an appointment for a viewing, please contact our office. 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  13. 13. Page 24 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 25www.eastalgarvemag.com Property of the month RUSSELL & DECOZ REAL ESTATE Tel: 00351 289 792 785 Mobile 963 085 580 Email: propertyrussell@mail.telepac.pt AMI License nº 870 - Member of APEMIP nº 1178 Av. Maria Lizarda Palermo 43a, 8700 - 081 Moncarapacho, Algarve, Portugal * Renovated Manor house with 2 bedrooms * Cottage with 4 bedrooms * Cottage with 2 bedrooms * House in construction / ruin 150m2 * 2 boreholes * Natural stone simple pool * electricity * double garage and work shop * 1.1 hectare of land (more available if required) * Additional ruin available * 2 x 5,000 ltr cisterns ONLY 480.000€ Negotiable MON 1256Q Location São Brás de Alportel www.algarve-pt.com A spacious 2 bedroom manor house that has been renovated, a 4 bedroom cottage, a 2 bedroom cottage and house in construction - all needing work, 2 boreholes, natural stone pool, double garage & workshop. The perfect place for those who want to be away from it all, and looking either at an extended family home, or property for commercial exploitation. Stunning value at only €480,000 MON 882V, Location Olhao. Fantastic opportunity... LARGE 4 bedroom villa with gardens & garage on 458m2 plot. 260.000 Euros MON 1189V, Location Laranjeiro. Bargain. Nearly new 3 bed villa, sea views in fenced plot of 900m2, outline consent for pool. REDUCED from 290.000 to 278.000 Euros MON FIN01. Location Moncarapacho. Building plot with approved plans for large 4 bedroom villa - plot of 1200m2 with lovely sea views. Reduced from 120.000 to 105.000 Euros MON 1244V Location Moncarapacho. Very attractive 4 bedroom villa in 2000m2 of gardens. Being sold part furnished. 360.000 Euros MON 1243.V Location Fuseta. 11 bedroom house in fenced plot of 1250m2. Great Buy - got to be seen. 325.000 Euros MON 1193V. Location Pechao. Very impressive 4 or 5 bed family home with pool and c. 5880m2 of gardens and advocado orchards. Built to last. Reduced from 795.000 to 695.000 Euros RUSSELL & DECOZ REAL ESTATE Tel: 00351 289 792 785 Mobile 963 085 580 Email: propertyrussell@mail.telepac.pt
  14. 14. Page 27www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 26 www.eastalgarvemag.com MAIN OFFICE – E.N.125, Cevadeiras, 8900-024 Vila Nova de Cacela TEL: 281-951165 FAX: 281-951438 CABANAS OFFICE – (Waterfront) Ava Ria Formosa, Centro Comercial Loja 2, 8800-591 Cabanas de Tavira TEL: 281-370277 FAX: 281-370761 EMAIL geral@estealgarve.com WEBSITE www.estealgarve.comLICENÇA No 504-AMI VILLA - CABANAS - Beautiful 3 bed + 3 bathroom bungalow style house, lovely sheltered s. pool w/ large terrace, attractive private gar- den (366m2) , spacious roof terrace, in a quiet urbanisation within walk- ing distance to Cabanas, Conceição train's station, golf course and 3 kms fromTavira. EUROS 299.000 STUDIO / APT. - CABANAS - With a spectacular view of the lagoon and beach, front line location, in the centre of Cabanas. On 2nd floor, ter- race w/ 16.50m2, in need ofTLC. Sold furnished and equipped. EUROS 93.000 ▲ ▲ Imobiliária Gonçalves East Algarve Building & Garden Maintenance All types of building and garden maintenence, pool cleaning and patios jet washed. For a prompt friendly service Tel 00351 964 508 128 email ian.shaw72@hotmail.co.uk ✤ Interior and exterior painting ✤ Friendly service ✤ Highest quality paints ✤ Free quotes ✤ Algarve covered Tel 289 841 896 Mob 912 780 721 email stephenfreeman@sapo.pt Professional painter and decorator STEPHEN FREEMAN Home Also Available Plot with 345m2 of land located 3km from Altura 55.000€. Plot with 9.000m2. Fantastic sea view 6km from Altura beach, 120.000€ Plot of land with 18.000m2 of land plus a ruin with 345m2, located 10km from Tavira. 75.000€ House under construction on a plot of land 5.000m, 3 bedrooms 2 en-suite, 3 wc's, kitchen, living room 7km from Manta Rota beach. 350.000€ Furnishing your private home, office, or commercial space, with our expertise, for classic, rustic, or contemporary personalised ambiences. More than 16 years of experience in interior design, creating lifestyle concepts, with a team of highly accomplished professionals, in personal contact with clients, to create beautiful solutions to interior design. Rua Jacques Pessoa, 28 A. 8800-350, Tavira Tel.: (+351) 281 381 650 Fax: (+351) 281 381 926 Telm: (+351) 965 771 870 www.primeiralinhainteriores.pt e-mail: primeiralinhadec@iol.pt Tel 965 657 205 Carlos Gonçalves Urb. Alvano Henrique Gomes, Lote 10, Loja B 8900-067, Vila Nova de Cacela. AMI- 5200 Furniture, curtains, upholsterer, renovations, interior projects, hotels decoration, store decoration Furnishing with naturals If you plan to decorate your home in the near future, be inspired by this natural colour theme, from Primeira Linha, Tavira.
  15. 15. www.eastalgarvemag.com www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 28 Page 29 Choose the perfect colour scheme with the colour wheel. Home Neil & Emily Richardson removals “Caring for your possessions is second nature and we strive to care for yours as if they were our own” Tlm. +351 939 486 870/+351 939 486 807 Member of the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce Tel +351 281 963 191 or 0844 579 6577 (UK local) Email: neilandem@sapo.pt Website www.ne-internationalremovals.com Apartado 166, 8800 TAVIRA REMOVALS & STORAGE LOCAL, NATIONAL & UK Packing service • Mudanças e Armazenagem T he colour wheel is a valuable tool that can help you decorate your home. The colour wheel identifies colour families and how they relate to each other. Primary Colours All colours, with the exception of white, come from primary colours. Blue, yellow and red are primary colours. Combinations of these three colours produce other colours. Mix all three together in equal amounts to produce black. Secondary Colours Mix equal amounts of two primary colours to create secondary colours. The results are violet (red blue), green (blue yellow) and orange (red yellow). Tertiary Colours Mix one primary colour with larger amounts of another primary colour to create tertiary colours. For example, mix one part blue with two parts red to make red-violet. Warm and Cozy Colours, on the upper left hand quarter, convey a message of togetherness and strength. Varying shades of red are commonly found in dining rooms and libraries, but are becoming popular in kitchens and bedrooms as well. Pure orange is an extremely warm colour. It's very hard to tone down and is often used as an accent colour only. Cool and Soothing Colours Cool and soothing colours, located on the left side of the color wheel, provide a sense of calm. As you may have noticed, most hospitals and doctors offices decorate with green. Green is one of natures most prominent colours and blends easily with any room. Blue is generally a peaceful color. Light blue can make a room appear bright and refreshing, while a deep blue can create a sober mood. Use blue in any room of the house. Violet is getting more and more recognition due to its connection to romance. Violet is also being used in bedrooms and living rooms to communicate an air of serenity. Neutral Colours Neutral colours include shades of white, grey and black. Neutral colours are the easiest colours to use for one obvious reason; they blend easily with most surroundings. Builders typically use neutral colours on the interior of a home to accommodate the wide range of tastes a new homeowner might have. Neutral colours can be stylish and dramatic. For instance, black and white are neutral colours that create a wonderful palette for additional colours. Complementary Colours Complementary colours are located opposite each other on the colour wheel; for example - red and green, yellow and violet. Each colour brings out the richness in the other. When using complementary colours, one colour should be subtle and the other colour should be more dominant. For example, an intense, dark violet should be paired with a medium to light yellow. Related Colours Related colours are located next to each other on the colour wheel. These colours produce a less contrasting effect than complementary colours. The Colour Wheel
  16. 16. Page 30 Page 31www.eastalgarvemag.com                                   We are receiving more and more enquiries from businesses in Spain regarding advertising, and would like to reintroduce a section for Ayamonte and the surrounding areas. You can pick up copies of the East Algarve Magazine from any advertiser. For more information: Call 00351 961 700 200 or email info@eastalgarvemag.com In Spain www.eastalgarvemag.com Live Life in Comfort Monday to Friday 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm Saturday 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm 27 Estrada de Vale d’Eguas - Almancil T. 289 396 385 • E. linenwarehouse@sapo.pt • www.linenwarehousealgarve.com The widest selection of linen & towels in the Algarve Available in 5 colours with co-ordinating curtains and cushions Available in 3 other colours and co-ordination runner
  17. 17. Page 33www.eastalgarvemag.com Food Chilliprawns A beautiful dish from Restaurant O'Monte, located in the charming Quinta Velha village, Cabanas. To make a reservation call 915 384 220 Page 32 www.eastalgarvemag.com tapas & wine Bistro Telephone 289 792 087 Rua do Carmo; No15, Moncarapacho, 8700-096, Olhão Rua Borda d’Agua da Asseca, 46-50 - 8800-325 Tavira, Tel./Fax 00 (351) 281 323 165, Tlm.916 822 117 E-mail info@beirariotavira.com www.beirariotavira.com New Bar Food Menu Samples, Sirloin Steak Baguette, fried onions, chips, salad and garlic mayonnaise €7.00. Fish in Beer Batter, chips and salad €6.50. Karaoke Saturday night Live Music throughout Summer Specialities: Home made soups, Salads, Fresh fish daily, Steaks, Cata- planas, Vegetarian dishes,Pasta dishes, Home made des- serts, Irish coffee. Extensive range of wines & ports. Sunday Roast Lunch: Roast Rib of Beef, with all the trimmings €9.50. Three Course Special €15.00 ROMAN BRIDGE Rua dos Cais Rua Dr, Jose Pires PadinhaPraçadaRepública Câmera Municipal Finanças TAVIRA Traditional Portuguese restaurant in Tavira Specialising in Cataplanas Fish dishes: Salt Cod, Sea food rice, Sea devil rice, Tuna steak and Swordfish. Meat dishes: Steak on the stone, Kebabs, Leg of lamb. 'International Tapas' & 'Fantastic House Wines 5 euros a Litre' Sangria (1 litre jug) 7.50 Summer Sizzler 10% off any lunchtime bill (Mon-Fri) and 10% off your final bill for orders placed between 6.30pm and 7.30pm (Mon-Fri) Open Every Lunch 12-2.30pm and Every Evening 6.30-10pm Now Airconditioned Rua Dr. José Pires Padinha, No2, 8800, TAVIRA Tel +351 281 321 642 Email: restaurantamerica@sapo.pt Photograph Eduardo Mourato
  18. 18. Page 34 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 35www.eastalgarvemag.com • Shushi • Hot and cold dishes • Shrimp • Fried and breaded • Grilled to order • Wok (sautéed vegetables, meat, shrimp, cuttlefish, mussels and other delights of the sea) • A selection of Seasonal fruits • Various desserts available Take away available A beautiful restaurant located in Tavira’s Gran-Plaza shopping centre. Situated away from the food hall on the second floor, with unique, stunning, coastal views. Telephone 281 322 021 E-mail sushimishmish@vodafone.pt Food court 2nd floor We are here mesa do cume TABLE ON THE TOP Discover the serra Mesa do Cume / Table on the top Mesa do Cume is a modern restaurant nestled at the highest point in the Serra of Eastern Algarve, situated half an hour drive from Tavira. We would like to invite our guests for an unique experience, enjoying a beautiful scenic drive up the mountain, enjoying the Serra with its traditional lifestyles and beautiful nature. DELIGHTFUL AND AFFORDABLE MENUS, ALSO OFFERING EXCELLENT VEGETARIAN CHOICES •REFRESHMENTS, COFFEE, HOMEMADE CAKES, LITTLE APPETIZERS •AL FRESCO DINING TERRACE WITH SPECTACULAR OCEAN VIEW •MARKED WALKING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS , DESCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE ALL OUR FOOD IS HOMEMADE, FRESH AND VERY TASTY These attractions makes your Mesa do Cume experience a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of the coast. Open 10am - 10pm, till end Sept (October till end May, 10am-5pm) MONDAY AND TUESDAY CLOSED •Location: Alcaria do Cume, RN 397 Tavira – Cachopo •Phone: 281 326 144 / 912 725 745 •Web: www.mesadocume.net •E-mail: mesa.do.cume@sapo.pt ÒEnjoy the feeling of having entered a world where all the senses are gratifiedÓ Good life ÒPart of the fun is getting thereÒ O Suplemento ÒHighly recommendedÓ 1-2-3 Algarve Restaurante MUSEU DO VINHO Rua Almirante candido dos Reis 63 - Tavira R.Joao Vaz corte Real R.deSant’Anna BecodeSantana R.DrAntoniocabriana R.Jacques Pessoa R.Jose Joaquim Jara R.Eduarda Lapa R.dos Cais PraçadaRepublica CalçadadaGaleria CalçadadeDonnaAnna R.Gonçalo Velho R.dos Pelames R.Dr.Jose Pires Padinha R.Dr.Jose Pires Padinha Travessa Dr.Parreira R.M onialvao R.daLiberdade R.Palmeira R.Silva R.Dr.Parreira R.SilvaDomingues R.Poeta Emiliano da Costa R.Alm.Candido dos Reis R.Bordad e Agua da Asseca R.Alm.Candido dos Reis R.Ama liaRodrigues R.Dom M arcelino Franco .Dr.Augusto CarlosPalma R.Dom Paio Peres Correia Traves sadaFonte Roman Bridge, Tavira “Very welcoming & excellent food, thoroughly recommend it! Excellent service and friendly atmosphere” “Excellent food, good wine, great excperience” “Excellent food, fantastic service, always with a smile” For reservations Telephone 918 502 029 International cuisine with French specialities Private dining room available & Warm Patio eating area Located in the center of Tavira, only 5 minutes from Vila Gale and Porta Nova hotels Al- ar-roba RESTAURANT Tavira A traditional Portuguese restaurant in the center of Tavira, serving typical Portuguese food, in warm and friendly surroundings. Roman bridgePost office Tavira Camara We are here River GilaoRua da Liberdade 72 8800-408 Tavira Tel 281 107 488 964 013 623 www.restaurantealfarroba.com 24 Restaurant & SNACK Bar MONCARAPACHO 34 294 RONALDO’S BAR The place in the hills with a view, Monte Novo, Faz Fato PARTIES AND RECEPTIONS CATERED FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT, INDIAN BUFFET €8.00 THURSDAY NIGHT, CHAMPAGNE, SHEPHERDS PIE AND FILM €6.00 FRIDAY NIGHT, FISH, CHIPS & MUSHY PEAS €8.00 saturdays, CHICKEN & MUSHROOM PIE €7.00 TELEPHONE, 912 827 058
  19. 19. Page 36 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 37www.eastalgarvemag.com T his article covers all aspects of do it yourself landscape design from measuring your plot to planting, all based on mostly outline designing on paper. However, you can still use a lot of this information if you're using landscape software. I've tried to keep this as simple as possible. Let's design. Preparation And Measuring Your Landscaping Plot. Some people can find measuring their plot accurately a bit difficult and intimidating. So the first step in this process is to make measuring as easy as possible. You may or may not be aware that you can usually get a map or site survey of your property from either your builder, developer, or at your local county records office. This is or should be a to-scale drawing plan of your house and plot. Generally, the map won't be the scale you will use in designing but transposing the scale is pretty simple. (We'll talk about scale in a minute.) More than anything, we'll use this map in landscape planning, as a design aid for accuracy, to see the "real" shape of your plot, and for locating utilities and property lines. Make sure the house is where it's supposed to be on the map by checking the distance from the house to the street. And make sure that the north arrow is pointing north and all other measurements are correct. If the information on the map is correct, you already have a base landscape plan to work with. Keep it handy for accuracy and reference. If a map isn't available or if you just prefer, you can do your planning on a graph paper fairly easily. You can purchase single sheets of graph paper at art supply or office supply stores. But buy more than one sheet. Just in case. Check the grids on the graph paper to make sure that they match the scale you would like to use in your landscape design. Most designers prefer to work with landscape plans drawn to a scale where 1 cm = 1m or 1 cm = 5m. This means that every 1m (or 5m) of actual measure equals 1 cm on your plan. Use a scale that will ensure that your entire landscape will fit on one single sheet of paper. It will be necessary to take a measurement of your entire plot perimeter to know this. The easiest way to accurately measure a landscape is to start in either the front or back garden. It really doesn't matter which. But for the sake of this article let's just say we'll start the design in the front garden. Measure from the front corners of the house to the front property lines and from the front corners of the house to the side property lines. Mark these measurements on your graph paper. Now you have the exact location of your house on your lot. From this starting corner, measure the exterior walls and all angles of your house and draw them onto your graph paper. Once you've done this you'll have an exact template of your house and front garden. Next, measure from the back of the house to the back property lines. Don't forget to include measurements of sidewalks, decks, driveways and any other permanent elements on the property. If there are existing trees, shrubs, or anything that you wish to keep, measure and place them accurately on your landscape planning template as well. There, now you have a base design to work with. But before you begin landscape planning, take a trip to the nearest copy machine and make four or five copies of your base plan. Trust me on this. You might mess up, change your mind, or want to do several different design variations. Let's start designing. I'm sure that you already have a few great ideas and plans for your landscape but now is the time to expand your possibilities and vision and to gather as many ideas as possible. First, a site analysis will not only generate some great ideas, it will also eliminate the possibility that any necessary elements have been overlooked. Now, take a real good look at some of the different landscapes in your area and community. Look at your neighbors' gardens. What are your likes and dislikes of these? What plants and types of plants work? Which ones don't? Take in as many ideas as you can. Check out the libraries and the internet. Remember though, the key to using other peoples designs isn't in finding the perfect design to fit your garden. It's in using parts of all the ideas you find. It's a good time to consider the theme or themes, and style or styles that you will follow in your design. The general form your landscape takes will be a direct reflection of whatever you choose. The style of your home should definitely be an influencing factor of landscape planning. Styles and themes are different. Different styles may be considered formal, informal, English, Victorian, etc. Themes or theme gardens on the other hand revolve around a specific subject or passion. I'll point out here that any garden style can have its own theme or themes. Your local library, books, and your neighbors' gardens are all potential sources for other great ideas. Master Planning. The first step in planning uses a designers "trick" called a bubble graph. At this point you're not interested in the exact size or shape of each activity area. This is just a simple rough sketch of the various activity areas using loose shapes (or bubbles) to identify each area. Begin this step by using one of the copies of your base plan or by placing a fresh sheet of tracing paper over your base plan. This is still in the planning stage so don't be afraid to wad it up, throw it in the trash, and start over (now you can see why you made several copies of your base plan). Use a soft lead pencil for easy erasing and for trying a lot of different ideas. Begin drawing the different elements of your landscape design by first keeping only two things in mind: 1 The information you gathered from your site analysis. 2 How you will move through your garden or garden to get from one place to the next. Take a walk through your garden and plot out the natural paths of movement you will use to get to sheds, gates, pools, play areas, etc. This is where you need to place paths or walk ways on your plan. Sketch them down. For added interest, you may want to make your paths curvy and not straight. Curves add a sense of motion and smooth, graceful, natural flow to the landscape. Remember that the edges of your paths can also be used as borders for flower beds and gardens and to separate different areas or themes. It's all starting to come together now isn't it. At this point you should already have the theme, themes, style, or styles in mind that you gathered from the different ideas resources mentioned above. You may or may not have considered the specific plants you plan to use. This is OK. The placement, size and spacing of plants is more important than the actual plants at this point. For instance, you might say this is where I want a tree for shade or this is where I want a hedge to screen out noise or neighbours, or this is where I want a flower bed, or…etc. You get the picture. However, you may want to check out some guidelines for plant selection which you can locate in any good planting guide either now or in future reference. If you go there now, just keep what you learn in mind until it's time to actually select plants. QM E Algarve 180x130 04-10.indd 4 QM E Algarve 180x130 04-10.indd 4 23/3/10 18:40:25 Landscape planningWithout proper planning, your new landscape can be more work than it has to be and could take away from the beauty of your home and property. Don't get hot under the collar this August. 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  20. 20. Page 38 www.eastalgarvemag.com           Gardens Environment I would like to note here that one of the biggest problems that people have in designing their own landscape is the inability to see and design beyond what already exists. As you've been drawing you've probably attempted to use existing site conditions as they are and design around them. There's nothing wrong with this but try and remember that you are designing a new landscape here and you can change almost anything to create your dream landscape. Use some of the ideas in the landscape planning books and references mentioned above. Now is the time to consider if you need to change any slopes or grades to accommodate for drainage or any of your activity areas. Can you change any slopes or grades to create new activity areas? Do you need retaining walls, terracing, or stairs? How about small hills? Make these changes as you see necessary. OK, now that you have all the necessities and "have to's" in place, let's look at some of the frilly details. We're almost to the point of creating your final master plan and transposing your bubble graph into a real working design. The following elements will help you to define, separate, create different "rooms", and create themes for your landscape. Although these elements can be considered as "filler", they are the focal points, character, and points of interest that your whole design will revolve around. Water features, ponds, garden statues, garden decor, gazebos, arbors, bridges, and decks should now be given some consideration. If up to this point you've had spaces that you've wondered what will go here and what will go there, these could possibly fill those spaces. You can create entire "rooms", themes, and separations around these elements. Now you may feel that I've gone about this process all backwards but my experience with home owners and do-it-yourselfers has proven that placing the necessities first and designing around them works best. You may now need to make a few adjustments to walk ways and such to make everything fit together. OK, now go out into your garden and try to visualize how it will look. Can you see it? How does it feel? Using stakes and string, paint, or even laying a rope or water hose along lines can help to visualize the final layout. Take notes and make changes now because we're almost ready to do the finished design. The Master Plan. OK, now you basically have your landscape plan. We're going to clean it up a bit and put it to scale. This will be the genuine "blueprint" that you will follow. Trace your final design to the scale you've chosen onto a clean sheet of paper or onto another one of your base plans. Show all your base plan elements like property lines, house, walk ways, and existing structures and plants that you want to keep. Add in new areas and label materials and structures which will be added. The next step is choosing plants which fit in your landscape and that will fit the needs gathered in your site analysis. If you're already familiar with plants this should be fairly easy. But whether you are or aren't familiar with plants, I suggest you check out a plant selection book to help with this . Place plants into your design and label them for reference. Your design is done. Now that your design is done there is one more step that needs to be taken care of. And although this is the last step it will be one of the first project you do now that you know where everything goes. This last step is the layout of your irrigation and sprinkler system. Don't design this part of the plan onto your master landscape planning sheet. Either use a piece of tracing paper or make a copy of your master design and use it. 1 Take your design to one or all of the irrigation suppliers in your area and ask them to help you. Many irrigation suppliers will help you with your design. Some for free or for a very small price. 2 Ask a landscape or irrigation contractor to design it. Some contractors have a design service. 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